Two people in New Zealand 'close to suspected case' of coronavirus

Two people in New Zealand are "close to a suspected case" of coronavirus.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced on Monday that the two people fulfil the travel criteria and have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Results for the tests are expected either on Monday evening or Tuesday, according to Bloomfield. 

He said the two cases are separate to the two people isolated in Nelson.

The people in Nelson are being closely monitored as they were on the same flight from Dubai to Auckland as a man confirmed on Friday to have contracted the virus.

They are in a 14-day supervised self-isolation but have not shown symptoms. 

"None of those people [on the flight] are symptomatic, and none have been tested as we only test when people become symptomatic," said Bloomfield.

He says the health of one person in New Zealand who is confirmed to have coronavirus is improving.